The DC Digital Museum was founded 34 years ago by Humanities DC and has since acquired a substantial collection of documentary films, oral histories, and other materials of great cultural and historic significance to the District of Columbia. Many of the materials are grantee products that can be difficult or even impossible to find elsewhere.
The collection consists of more than 800 items, many of which are searchable in the online catalog. Most of the item pages include links to downloadable files or videos on HCTV, the council’s YouTube channel. The public collection will continue to grow as work progresses on the accession and digitization of the remaining records, and the constant collection of new materials through the council’s grants and public programs.
Materials funded as part of the DC Community Heritage Project are featured as part of their own collection. These projects are created by communities and individuals interested in preserving the history, heritage, and culture of Washington, DC neighborhoods.
The Humanities Resource Center collection is already a wealth of DC community collective memory, and as the catalog grows, and its items are made more accessible, it will become an invaluable resource to neighborhood historians, academics, and students.
This program was supported through a Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.
Information pulled from the DC Digital Museum/About section, 2017.